Perform, Study Poetry March 1-2 with Award-Winning Poet Andrea Gibson

Renowned poet will speak at and judge the Pacific poetry slam and host a workshop for poets.

Andrea Gibson, the first winner of the Women's World Poetry Slam, will visit Pacific University in early March.

She will attend the Poetry Slam Event from 7 to 9 p.m. March 1 at La Hacienda, 2020 Main Street, in Forest Grove. Refreshments will be served, and the event is free and open to the public.

All are welcome to read their work on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration to read will start when the doors open. Gibson will help judge the slam and also will perform her own poetry and talk about her work.

Gibson also will lead an open workshop, "Spoken Word In Action," from 1 to 3 p.m. March 2 in the Tom Miles Theatre at Pacific University. 

Focusing on a myriad of social justice issues, the workshop will explore the poet's responsibility in the current political climate. Participants will read and discuss poems by contemporary writers focusing on issues of race, class, gender, sexuality, patriarchy and capitalism. They also will use the shared poems as writing prompts to inspire their own voice.

There are 20 spots in the workshop, available on a first-come, first-served basis. Sign up by contacting Andrea Garvey at or by stopping by the University Center between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Feb. 25 to March 1.

Gibson has headlined prestigious performance venues coast to coast with powerful readings on war, class, gender, bullying, white privilege, sexuality, love and spirituality. Her work has been featured on the BBC, Huffington Post, Air America, C-SPAN, Free Speech TV and, in 2010, was read by a state representative in lieu of morning prayer at the Utah State Legislature.

These events are sponsored by Pacific University's Center for Gender Equity and Pacific's Slam Poetry Club, as well as by the Public Arts Commission of Forest Grove.

Posted by Jenni Luckett ( on Feb 21, 2013 at 9:31 AM

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